“This Junior Logo Medal is brand new,” said local LAOH representative Sally Murphy Pallante. “And our girls are honored to be the first group nationally to wear these medals.”
The local Junior Division of the LAOH is what Pallante said is a cultural experience for young girls ages 6 to 18. While the LAOH, which began in 1894 as the Daughters of Erin, is a sisterhood of Irish and Irish-American women, the Junior Division is designed to bring together the younger crowd under the LAOH umbrella. Not only do the younger girls learn about their Irish heritage, but they give their time and effort in the community. Last week the local girls danced for the Ulster project. Throughout the year they perform for residents of area nursing homes.
The new medal was something that was voted on during the last national LAOH convention, Pallante said. It was a way for the girls to feel special and that they are part of something special. The medals could be worn to all LAOH events.
One project the girls of the Junior Division took part in last year was a scrapbook. Their completed project was to be judged with other Junior Divisions across the country. The Mahoning County girls’ scrapbook was judged as number one in the nation. As a reward for winning the top scrapbook, the local girls were given $200 to use towards the purchase of the new medals.
Topping the summer off last week, National LAOH Vice-President Maureen Shelton from Michigan made the trip to the Valley to present the girls with their new medals. One by one, she gave each girl her medal and a sincere thanks for all they do. Afterwards, the girls got to sit and enjoy Shelton’s company.
Members of the Mahoning County Junior Division of the LAOH include: Rachel Kepley (Canfield), Ashley Thompson (Poland), Alexis Jacobs (Youngstown), and Audra Pesko (Boardman); and in back: Christine Kerrigan (Youngstown), Erin Loomis (Canfield), Brianna Thompson (Poland), Isabel Stoeber (Poland), Kerra Loomis (Canfield), and Kristen Eckman (Poland).
Sporting their new Junior LAOH medals are, in front: Rachel Kepley (Canfield), Ashley Thompson (Poland), Alexis Jacobs (Youngstown), and Audra Pesko (Boardman); and in back: Christine Kerrigan (Youngstown), Erin Loomis (Canfield), Brianna Thompson (Poland), Isabel Stoeber (Poland), National LAOH Vice-President Maureen Shelton from Michigan, Kerra Loomis (Canfield), and Kristen Eckman (Poland).